The Rat Look on a Beetle with Modern Masters

We love to see incredible projects with our Modern Masters products and frequently receive images from all over the world. We recently were sent pics of an inspired project by creative customer Chris McQuaigue of the UK and we thought it was so inspired that we had to share it with you!

Giving a Rat Look to a Car with Modern Masters Metal Effects Rust FinishThe ‘Rat Look’ is a versatile scene in which the style and look of a car is highly personalized – very often with a rusted finish. Chris created ‘The Ratrod’ with the Iron Reactive Paint and the Rust Activator from our Metal Effects line. “It was an alternative to getting the car re-sprayed professionally by saving money and to create a car with more interest and character,” Chris explains. “It was a really fun project that certainly gets lots of looks and smiles. The great thing is that I now have a car that I don’t need to clean too much. When I scratched the fender the other day I was really happy about adding more character!”

Rust Finish on Car with Modern Masters Metal Effects | Rat LookEnjoying The Ratrod | Rust Finish on Beetle | Rat Look with Modern Masters Metal EffectsChris’ son Marco loves the car along with the six other Beetles he owns. “There is a community and ‘scene’ for Ratt’ed and rusty cars and there are a few ways of achieving the look. Some people sand the car back to bare metal and let it rust but I think the Modern Masters way is better!”.

According to the Rat Look website, RAT stands for Recycled Automotive Transport and is about keeping your vehicle on the road for as long as possible – however, many ratted cars frequently just sport the look and are in excellent mechanical condition.  If you’d like to learn more about this amazing car scene, please be sure to check out the Rat Look website for much, much more.

Chris let us know that he recently bought a sample pot of our Copper Metallic Paint to experiment with his newest Beetle project. He says, “The copper would look great – the paint is amazing!”.  We can’t wait to see what he comes up with.  Many thanks to Chris McQuaigue for introducing us to the ‘scene’ and for sharing his incredible project!

17 thoughts on “The Rat Look on a Beetle with Modern Masters

  1. I would like to apply a rusty patina to my 1946 chevy pickup. How does the effect hold up with time? Can you give me some pointers on what you did to achieve this? Did you add a clear sealer? Any info would be helpful, thanks.

    • The Metal Effects can be used but it is more of a decorative finish for a show car – not a car that would be used daily. We would recommend first using an acrylic primer that goes over a solvent-based primer specifically for automobiles or an automobile primer that is acrylic. Then, you would use the Metal Effects Primer over this followed by the Reactive Paint and Aging Solutions. The Metal Effects Primer protects the substrate surface from the patination process but you do need a good automobile primer to begin with. If using the Rust finish, we would recommend the Permacoat Xtreme as the sealer and topcoat. We hope this helps and please let us know if we can answer further questions! Here is the link to read more on the products within the Metal Effects line: http://www.modernmasters.com/products.asp?mode=category&bid=8

    • Angela,

      So sorry we missed your question – our sincerest apologies! Thank you for the kind comment. At the moment, our products are not available in Australia but we are working on it!

  2. hello i have ford f100 i like to put this product on to but i have bare metal right now so my question it is what primer use before the to apply yours and after of put the modern master can i apply waterborne clear base matte on top thanks for your help and the last question do you have some sample of cooper metallic paint on cars to see it thanks very much!!

  3. I’m wanting to do a similiar project on my old conversion van. My question is, do i need to sand the van down to bare metal or is there a quicker way to go.
    Thanks Joe.

    • Hi, Joe! We would recommend prepping a car as much as possible to ensure success and then using an acrylic primer that goes over a solvent-based primer specifically for automobiles or an automobile primer that is acrylic. Then, you would use the Metal Effects Primer over this followed by the Reactive Paint and Aging Solutions. The Metal Effects Primer protects the substrate surface from the patination process but you do need a good automobile primer over your prepped surface to begin with. If using the Rust finish, we would recommend the Permacoat Xtreme as the sealer and topcoat. Here is the link to read more on the products within the Metal Effects line: http://www.modernmasters.com/products.asp?mode=category&bid=8 As a last note, the Metal Effects is more of a decorative finish for a show car – not a car that would be used daily. We hope this helps and please let us know if we can answer further questions!

  4. I am nearly with my rat rod inspired motorcycle. I have followed all the steps as directed and the finish looks great. However, the xtreme clear doesn’t seem to offer much protection for the finish. Can I apply an additional coat of matte automotive clear coat over the xtreme clear? If not, can I apply an additional coat or two of the extreme clear to achieve a more robust finish?

  5. I am interesting your rust look but I am in Thailand, is it possible to know your distributor nearby. I would buy and try with my ford gpw wwII

  6. Would appreciate knowing the application technique(s); e.g.: sponge, brush, rag, plastic, etc.. Based on pictures, it would appear that something other than a brush was used. Thx

    • Hello, Mr. Betzer! We are not sure of Mr. McQuaigue’s exact methods of applying the Metal Effects, however, please note that Metal Effects can be brushed, rolled or sprayed. If you need specific information on each of the Metal Effects products, please head to our Resources page where there are tutorials, videos and data sheets available. Here’s the link: http://www.modernmasters.com/pages/resource-center Please let us know if we can help further!

  7. I am so interested in this want to do this creative look on a 2014 Dodge Challenger Rt been in two accidents so want to do something to make it a work of art and make people be like what the hell. Think you have a kit I can order to make this dream of a rusty modern challenger come true.

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